"Recruiting is going really well, actually," Hicks began. "I've received over 20 offers at this time. I have offers from Texas, Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina, Michigan State, and a lot of others. I'm pretty excited about all my offers and I know I have a lot of tough decisions ahead of me in trying to narrow it down. I'm not sure how I'm going to narrow it down, but I'm thinking I want to have it down to five, or even ten, by summer."
Hicks, who registered 70 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions for the Firebirds in 2008, is amused that internet message boards have him already committed to several different schools.
"I think it's pretty funny that people have my school picked out for me, when I don't have a clue where I'm going at this time," he said. "I'm sure that these people don't know me and they're just guessing. I really don't go on the recruiting sites that much because I don't like reading about myself. I'm definitely wide open as far as recruiting goes."
Hicks, 6-foot-2 and 210-pounds, spoke specifically about three schools that have already offered.
"Texas is the school that I've watched and followed as I've been growing up," he explained. "They have a great program and Coach [Mack] Brown seems like a great guy. I don't have any plans to visit them in the near future or anything like that. I don't have any plans to visit anyone really, but I might try to find time this summer." "Florida is a program that I like everything about them," he stressed. "It's a great part of the country and they're always going to be good under Coach [Urban] Meyer. I like the location and the fact that they win national championships. It's a real cool school, and I like them a lot. I've never been to a game at The Swamp, but I'm sure it's great."
"I like Ohio State a lot, too, and I've been there more than any other school by far," Hicks said. "I had a lot of fun there and the atmosphere is great. Coach [Jim] Tressel does a great job and the players are all real close to each other. It's also one of the top schools in the country and always have been. I went to the Penn State game and the Michigan game this past year, and had a great time for both. I couldn't make it to any of the junior days because of my basketball schedule."
Hicks isn't sure about taking any unofficial visits this summer. Much will depend on his AAU basketball schedule.
"I'm just not real sure about heading out to see other schools right now," he explained. "A lot depends on my mom's schedule and my summer basketball schedule. I like basketball a lot, but my future is in football. All the schools are recruiting me as a Wil-linebacker. I think my greatest strength is my speed as a linebacker, and I think that's the reason for the offers. I feel I need to work on getting stronger to be a better football player."
Finally, Hicks discussed what will be the deciding factors as he chooses where to play college football.
"I really don't think there will be a certain detail that sticks out," Hicks stated. "I really think in the end it will just come down to the place I feel is right for me. I'm going to keep everything in perspective, and make my decision based on where I feel in my heart is the best place for me. I don't have a certain time frame for making a decision. I haven't really given any thought to when I might make my decision. It's probably more important for me to narrow down my list in the next few months and go from there."